Understanding Autism North West recognise the importance of confidentiality in a counselling relationship. All counsellors are registered members of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) or The National Counselling Society (NCS). The counsellors adhere to the BACP code of ethics and work in accordance to the BACP ethical framework for good practice.

Counselling discussions will remain confidential within the limitations of safety to self and others. Details of confidentiality and limitations will be discussed during your initial meeting.

Autis​tic individuals perceive the world in different ways from others. Sensory experiences may cause difficulties and the cognitive and neurological processes of an autistic person may be different but are just as valid and are often fascinating, creative and admirable.

Being different can bring conflict with conventional ways of thinking, feeling and behaving.

Conflict with family, friends, colleagues and professionals can make life difficult.

Autistic people of any age can be marginalised members of society who suffer from anxiety related illnesses and depression at a higher rate than the rest of the population. The impact of this on family members can be equally debilitating.

Having a safe place to talk can really help.


A person-centred approach underpins all the work we do at Understanding Autism North West. Counselling is non judgmental and provides a confidential place to explore specific problems and consider better ways of coping.

Counselling is available for individuals with or without a diagnosis, providing a safe, confidential and judgement-free space to discuss any issues that are affecting your health and sense of wellbeing. Time with a counsellor who has knowledge and understanding of autism can help to improve understanding and acceptance by developing self awareness and personal strengths.

Family members of autistic people can also self-refer for counselling. This can help to address the many issues faced not just by the autistic individual but by the family as a whole, thereby improving the family dynamic for everyone.

Children & Young People

Therapy for children and young people aged 13 and under is first discussed at a meeting with parents/guardians. Together decisions about how to offer the best support will be agreed. Creative therapy is offered to young people who wish to explore emotions and problems. Speech & language therapy is offerd when appropriate.

Sensory sensitivities are always considered on an individual basis, and all therapy is young person-centred, placing their needs and abilities at the centre and providing an experience from a perspective they can understand.

Therapy is also offered to parents/guardians to help create a deeper understanding of the environmental factors that influence their autistic child.  This improves the lived experiences for all the family and encourages acceptance of the autistic way of being.